EVALUATION OF ANTI-ASTHMATIC ACTIVITY OF ETHANOLIC EXTRACT OF EPHEDRA GERARDIANA WALL IN MICE BY OVALBUMIN INDUCED METHOD


B. Chaitanya, S M Raviteja Sagi, P. Shashikanth, K. Karunakar

Abstract


Ephedra gerardiana Wall. have anti-inflammatory properties and in some instances smooth muscles relaxing effects. Since inflammation and airway smooth muscle contraction are two major components of asthma, the present study is going to investigate the effects of Ephedra gerardiana Wall. on airway inflammation and airway resistance in a mouse model of asthma. Mice were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA) and treated intraperitoneally   with Ephedra gerardiana Wall. The effect of Ephedra gerardiana Wall. was tested on airway inflammation, air way resistance and the increase of intracellular calcium in bronchial smooth muscle cells. In the present study we are going to evaluate the extent of lung inflammation according to Helsinki convention,OVA-specific immunoglobulin-E (IgE) titre by ELISA and histopathological studies. Ephedra gerardiana wall at 100 and 200 mg·kg–1 significantlyreduced the total number of cells (p < 0.001; n = 6),eosinophils (*** p < 0.001)in BAL compared with the untreated group of OVA sensitised mice.

Keywords:  Asthma, Inflammation, Ephedra gerardiana, Ovalbumin induced mice model, Immunoglobulin E.  


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Title

EVALUATION OF ANTI-ASTHMATIC ACTIVITY OF ETHANOLIC EXTRACT OF EPHEDRA GERARDIANA WALL IN MICE BY OVALBUMIN INDUCED METHOD

Date

29-12-2013

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Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Vol 7 Issue 1 (Jan-Mar) 2014 Page: 166-169

Print ISSN

0974-2441

Online ISSN

2455-3891

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B. Chaitanya

S M Raviteja Sagi

P. Shashikanth

K. Karunakar


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